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March 11, 2015
A nailbitingly tense submarine drama, with excellent performances by all present. It was a little strange to see a young Viggo Mortensen playing a clean cut military cog however.
½ February 23, 2015
The joy of this movie is every scene of these two with crackling dialog (written by Quentin Tarantino no less!) as they engage in beefs over chain of command, and philosophical debates about nuclear weapons. The actors have a ball as they go toe-to-toe with their egos overriding the good of a nation. Surrounded by a great supporting cast Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini and a cameo from Jason Robards, the film moves at a thrilling pace and is a tense watch. It's directed by Tony Scott, produced by the Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer duo, and so naturally it's filled with intensely colorful lighting, overbearing music and melodramatic shots of a group of workers pausing to look up in a moment of doom. There aren't any circular helicopter shots or an excess of explosions, so it's a subdued outing for these filmmakers.
The movie is enjoyable, but somewhat forgettable. The performances are highlight, and the nuclear discussions are interesting to listen to. Something never stated, but quietly hinted at, is the racial tension of having an black man in charge of their ship. This issue would have been pointed out in any movie made today, because Obama.
If I were to squeeze a message out of Crimson Tide, it would be about the changing of the guard in the American father figures. While we were once raised by gruff, no-nonsense dads, we've since transitioned into calm, attentive fathers who take feelings into consideration. The question becomes what's the better decision: a pat on the back or a swift kick in the ass?
February 5, 2015
Excellent film, great from start to end.
November 29, 2014
86%
Saw this on 29/11/14
Crimson Tide is the most visually beautiful Tony Scott movie with minimal shakes, an outstanding direction and cinematography combined top notch performances from Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. The story is one of relevance and it makes one think of the follies that can come during war. Although it's ending could have been a bit more better than what it has now.
October 4, 2014
Yeah it's another 90's action movie, but it's got humor, great dialogue, good energy, a suprisingly good story and some great performances. It's not a masterpiece, but as an action film it's up there with the best.
September 29, 2014
An intense ride with great performances from Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington
September 26, 2014
Excellent movie! A definite watch if you haven't seen it. Scary how two different scenarios with each of their own opinions could have had a impacting outcome.
September 20, 2014
When I was watching the beginning of Crimson Tide, I didn't understand why people liked it. It was dull and uninteresting besides the great acting. The effects outside the submarine are great, just not interesting. But when it gets to the middle with all heck breaks loose, it was very interesting to see where it's going. It also made me wonder how it's going to end even though history for it gives you the answer. It was very thought provoking and I really don't know who to side for as they give valid points. I thought there was going to be lots of action consider that it's directed by Tony Scott, but there are some action, and it is great to watch. Even stuff inside the submarine with the war between Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman is really interesting. Despite the flaws, Crimson Tide is a great submarine movie.
September 10, 2014
A tense, thrilling submarine war film with a nice tone to it, like "The Hunt for Red October." (B+)

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½ September 3, 2014
Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington bring 'Crimson Tide' home as one of the best submarine movies of all-time. Clearly more intelligent, thrilling, and well-acted than its famous counterpart 'The Hunt for Red October,' 'Crimson Tide' is one that viewers will always want to come back to.
August 24, 2014
Excellent movie with 2 excellent actors. The typical Tony Scott suspense is majorly at play throughout the movie. The dialogue is phenomenal here. There are back and forths here at play between Denzel and Gene. It's truly acting at it's very best. With tensions high between Russia and America, and Nuclear tensions high, the 2 men aboard the nuclear submarine go head to head when the main submarine radio goes out before the main orders or whether to launch nukes at Russia. What happens next is a ship divided and extremely tense moments aboard the ship. Should they launch or should they? It's fun to watch what happens and the acting along with it's phenomenal dialogue is what makes this an exceptional film and an immediate recommendation.
August 21, 2014
Solid submarine thriller. Right up there with Hunt for Red October, and Das Boot.
August 19, 2014
Claustrophobic and high tense, one of the best submarine-war movie.
½ July 29, 2014
Taut and suspenseful, this is a war thriller that never lets up.
July 27, 2014
A powerful Russian leader threatens nuclear war.

First half of the movie concentrated on mental conflict with the Captain and XO.

Then an incomplete message comes in. Cut off from all contact a nuclear decision is between the Captain and XO. Well done actually.
½ July 27, 2014
All that happened in Crimson Tide from the inside and outside of the submarine are real depicted in a scary and realistic way including a brilliant performances from Washington and Hackman. Do you remember The Hunt for Red October, brilliant film too.
Super Reviewer
½ July 25, 2014
The scenario that puts the plot in motion and the plot itself might be a little too ridiculous but I can't argue with how well tension is mined from the ever changing mutinies, counter mutinies, and counter-counter mutinies. One of Tony Scott's more effective efforts.
½ July 11, 2014
Entertaining and thrilling as hell. However, I don't understand how one of these guys basically gets off with no major punishment, despite doing some pretty criminal things.
June 25, 2014
Can't find anything bad to say about that movie.
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